Tuesday, July 13, 2004

Family Values

We here in America like to talk about family values. Consider this new report that the AIDS epidemic has robbed 15 million children of at least one parent. If we aren't helping as much as we can right now, just what kind of family values are we endorsing? How can we argue for protecting the life of a fetus when we aren't doing nearly enough to protect the lives of the world's suffering children?


At 7:16 PM, Blogger jrl20 said...

Amazing.... Again, note the mainline Christian churches' focus on symbolic issues (e.g., "Under God") and the complete lack of interest in issues that are truly ones of life and death -- and, of course, family values.

At 6:03 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mainline Christians DO fight AIDS. They fight AIDS by promoting abstinence and discouraging homosexuality. Promiscuous sex and homosexual sex are the main ways people get AIDS. How can you say that Christians are ignoring AIDS then?

At 9:43 AM, Blogger Lost In NY said...

There's a great comparison to be made between AIDS and a disease that haunted people in Jesus' own day - leprosy, a disease caused by a bacteria.

How did Jesus act/teach about leprosy? Did He teach people how it could be prevented (avoiding contact with the sickly) and then not reaching our to the sick, or did he actually do something about those that were suffering? Maybe we ought to look at Luke 17 again.

Sure, Jesus cared about preventing future harm (like future cases of AIDS), but His real concern was in helping the SUFFERING now. Teaching about abstinence is great - if you believe that people will actually stop seeking/desiring sex - but it does nothing to combat current suffering. Jesus demanded more.

Can you imagine Him saying to a poor African girl today: "I know there's not much out here that will give you an income and help buy medicine for your mother dying of AIDS, but you can't sell you body to buy the drugs that help keep her alive - that's wrong."


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